ERIC Number: ED446851
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Money, Accreditation, and Child Care Center Quality. Working Paper Series.
Gormley, William T., Jr.; Lucas, Jessica K.
In recent years, several states have offered financial incentives to encourage child care centers and homes to become accredited by a reputable national organization to improve child care quality. This report examines whether it is good policy to offer higher reimbursement rates to accredited child care facilities and assesses the relative merits of alternative public policies that seek to improve U.S. child care. The report presents findings from an NAEYC study assessing the effects of differential reimbursement on center accreditation application rates. The study found that in a few small states, differential reimbursement boosted application rates modestly, with more substantial increases in three larger states. States with differential reimbursement policies differ in how much more they are willing to pay for accreditation, with a range of 5 to 20 percent more. The average reimbursement rate difference in states with a positive impact of differential reimbursement was 15.8 percent. The report suggests that states allow more than one accrediting organization to participate in the differential reimbursement process and describes situations in which differential reimbursement is not likely to improve quality. Other creative procedures to improve quality are also noted, including different types of monetary incentives for accreditation, technical assistance to guide staff through the accreditation process, or requirements for accreditation. The report concludes by asserting that differential reimbursement should be considered as only one method to improve child care quality and that accreditation information should be shared with parents. The report's appendix delineates the current reimbursement rates for the 18 states with accreditation-related differential reimbursements. (Contains 16 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.